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So, you’re not a kid anymore, but you’ve noticed a collection of pimples that keep popping up around your mouth. You thought you left your adolescent acne behind, but it seems like it isn’t quite done with you yet.
More than 50 million Americans struggle with acne every year, and the number of adults facing this condition is increasing. Oddly, rather than finding these petulant pustules all over your face — and perhaps your back, shoulders and chest — they seem to only appear in one area, and you can’t figure out why.
If you have pimples around your mouth, your acne may be caused by factors different from those you had as a teenager. Here's the deal and where to get help.
Acne is a persistent and common skin condition. It occurs when hair follicles become plugged with dead skin cells, oil from the sebaceous glands, and often bacteria. Acne around your mouth can take any one of several forms, including some of the most severe and painful types of acne.
If you have pimples around your mouth, grab a mirror and let's get some terminology straight. This next part will help you identify what type of acne formation you have, though a dermatologist can make a definitive diagnosis for the right treatment for your condition.
The more severe the form, the more painful the condition. Whether you look in the mirror and see raging cysts or plump pimples, it isn’t fun, and it can make you want to stick your head in the sand.
Knowing why you have the condition can help you figure out what to do about it.
When you’re a teenager, you don’t like having a giant, red pimple (or five) pop up right before your first date… but you at least expect it.
Not so when you notice a parade of pimples around your mouth in adulthood.
When you consistently have breakouts in one area, there may be a specific reason for it. Since clogged pores result in pimples, any behavioral, environmental or biological factors that lead to a plugged pore can lead to those molehills around your mouth. Common potential causes include:
Since trapped bacteria is a frequent source of infections that lead to more severe cases of acne, anything you do that transfers excess microbes to your skin is a potential culprit. It may be impossible not to touch your face, but if you stopped to count how many times you do this in a day, you’d be astounded. It’s a substantial potential source of bacteria that could be wreaking havoc on your complexion.
Many of the products people use can also be a source of trouble, from shaving creams to makeup.
The research on how food contributes to acne is conflicting, and much of the information out there indicates that what you eat or drink doesn’t lead to acne, though research conducted since 2005 reveals that the Western diet could be a potential exacerbating issue. More work is needed in this area, but your eating habits may contribute to acne.
First step: avoiding a breakout is ideal.
“A little late for that,” you say as you look in the mirror. Not exactly. Sure, you may need to contend with what’s there now, but if you start taking steps immediately to prevent future eruptions you’ll be one step ahead of the game after you eliminate your current bout. Proactive preventive steps can also help you manage the symptoms you have now. Here are some tips:
You should also wash your face at least once or twice a day, using plain warm water or a gentle cleanser, particularly if you wear makeup. On days that you sweat a lot, it may be a good idea to clean your face more often.
Taking care of what you’ve got going on right now, and get ahead of the next breakout, requires a little more than just paying attention to what goes on your face.
Most people can benefit from prescription skincare ingredients, many of which have been around and in use for decades. Dermatologists are exceptionally familiar with FDA-approved products and ingredients that include:
If you have out-of-control pimples around your mouth, Nava MD is here to help.
Our telemedicine platform streamlines the dermatology process so you can access custom acne prescription treatments from home, if appropriate, with free shipping and access to your physician any time. It’s the most affordable and easy dermatology visit, all done online.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
Consult a healthcare professional or call a doctor in the case of a medical emergency